Friday, June 03, 2005


Several times I've come across this bumper sticker: REAL MEN LOVE JESUS. It says a lot to me about certain types of fundamentalist males that one of their primary concerns is whether or not they are "real men". Most of us who—what?—gave up worrying about our manhoods when our sexual identities finally carified, sometime pretty early on in life.


The following material came to me on the internet, but I can’t recall from which source. However I thought you might be interested in reading how the Dems plan/planned to fight back against Republican tyranny.

[Open quote] As a matter of comity, the Minority in the Senate traditionally defer to the Majority in the setting of the agenda. If Bill Frist pulls the nuclear trigger, Democrats will show deference no longer. Invoking a little-known Senate procedure called Rule XIV, last week
Democrats put nine bills on the Senate calendar that seek to help America
fulfill its promise. If Republican's break the rules Democrats will use the rule to bring to the Senate floor an agenda that meets the needs of average Americans, such as lowering gas prices, reducing the cost of health care and helping veterans.

“Across the country, people are worried about things that matter to their
families – the health of their loved ones, their child’s performance in
schools, and those sky high gas prices,” said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. “But what is the number one priority for Senate Republicans? Doing away with the last check on one-party rule in Washington to allow President Bush, Senator Frist and Tom Delay to stack the courts with radical judges. If Republicans proceed to pull the trigger on the nuclear option, Democrats will respond by employing existing Senate rules to push forward our agenda for America.”

Democrats have introduced bills that address America’s real challenges. (Details attached)

1. Women’s Health Care (S. 844). “The Prevention First Act of
2005” will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions by
increasing funding for family planning and ending health insurance
discrimination against women.

2. Veterans’ Benefits (S. 845). “The Retired Pay Restoration
Act of 2005” will assist disabled veterans who, under current law, must
choose to either receive their retirement pay or disability compensation.

3. Fiscal Responsibility (S. 851). Democrats will move to
restore fiscal discipline to government spending and extend the
pay-as-you-go requirement.

4. Relief at the Pump (S. 847). Democrats plan to halt the
diversion of oil from the markets to the strategic petroleum reserve. By
releasing oil from the reserve through a swap program, the plan will bring
down prices at the pump.

5. Education (S. 848). Democrats have a bill that will: strengthen head start and child care programs, improve elementary and secondary education, provide a roadmap for first generation and low-income college students, provide college tuition relief for students and their families, address the need for math, science and special education teachers, and make college affordable for all students.

6. Jobs (S. 846). Democrats will work in support of legislation that guarantees overtime pay for workers and sets a fair minimum wage.

7. Energy Markets (S. 870). Democrats work to prevent Enron-style market manipulation of electricity.

8. Corporate Taxation (S. 872). Democrats make sure companies pay their fair share of taxes to the U.S. government instead of keeping profits overseas.

9. Standing with our troops (S. 11). Democrats believe that putting America’s security first means standing up for our troops and their families

“Abusing power is not what the American people sent us to
Washington to do. We need to address real priorities instead -- fight for
relief at the gas pump, stronger schools and lower health care costs for
America’s families,” said Senator Reid. [Close quote]

“Old age comes at a bad time.” —Sue Banducci

1 comment:

Blue Cross of California said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system. Health insurance is a major aspect to many.